James Wilby Downs Defender Murdoch With Lethal Last Lap: 1st English Champ Since 1994

James Wilby - by Ian MacNicol

James Wilby became the first Englishman since Nick Gillingham in 1994 to claim the 200m breaststroke crown after he swept through the field from seventh at half way to third at the last turn on his way to a 2:08.05 victory ahead of defending champion Ross Murdoch. The Scotsman was forced to hand over the crown to Wilby at the end of a punishing last lap that saw the Englishman clock a 32.39 homecomer as Murdoch felt the pace on 33.96, for silver in 2:08.32. The bronze went to Matt Wilson, of Australia, in 2:08.64

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James Wilby became the first Englishman since Nick Gillingham in 1994 to claim the 200m breaststroke crown after he swept through the field from seventh at half way to third at the last turn on his way to a 2:08.05 victory ahead of defending champion Ross Murdoch. The Scotsman was forced to hand over the crown to Wilby at the end of a punishing last lap that saw the Englishman clock a 32.39 homecomer as Murdoch felt the pace on 33.96, for silver in 2:08.32. The bronze went to Matt Wilson, of Australia, in 2:08.64

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